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Will Polio Return?

Will Polio Return?

So, American parents are deciding not to vaccinate their children because of a misinformed (in my opinion) fear that vaccines might harm their babies. Now, diseases that had been practically wiped out – measles and whooping cough – have returned in alarming numbers. Cases of mumps are also on the rise. What’s next, polio? All […]

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Three wheelchair users filed a lawsuit against a trio of hotel operators they say discriminated against them by failing to provide accessible hotel shuttle transportation. “For those of us who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices, it’s difficult enough to get around most cities when we travel,” says plaintiff Ruthee Goldkorn, from Los Angeles. “All […]

Tom Aiello VetsFirst

Advocacy: VetsFirst

How Veterans Contribute

Michael Collins

Everyday Advocacy: Condo Accessibility

Although condos are not covered by the ADA, some features must be accessible under Fair Housing laws, and discrimination is illegal.

Do We Need Day of Acceptance?

Do We Need Day of Acceptance?

I was a bit mystified recently when I bumped into the International Day of Acceptance, which this year was Jan. 20. I’d never heard of it before (it began in 2010), and wondered how one day could possibly do any good for a disability community that fights for acceptance on every level, from personal to […]

Sen. Rand Paul Attacks SSDI Fraud

Sen. Rand Paul Attacks SSDI Fraud

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attacked the Social Security disability insurance program on Jan. 14 by saying there is widespread fraud and that millions of Americans are getting benefits they don’t deserve. “Everybody in this room knows somebody who’s gaming the system,” he said. “Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back […]

Republicans in Congress Vote Jeopardizes SSDI

Republicans in Congress Vote Jeopardizes SSDI

On its very first day in power the newly installed Republican-controlled Congress created controversy by approving a rule that will jeopardize the solvency of Social Security. This could result in a reduction of benefits by 20 percent for 11 million beneficiaries. The Republicans are resisting the reallocation of funds from the part of the Social […]

Feds Say Uber Must Comply With ADA

Feds Say Uber Must Comply With ADA

The Obama administration recently sided with plaintiffs in a federal court case against the ridesharing giant Uber, stating that such companies are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and cannot discriminate against people with disabilities. “The ADA applies to private entities that are primarily engaged in providing transportation services,” even if a company is […]

Jennifer Wolff UsersFirst

Grassroots Advocacy Network

Grassroots Advocacy Network; Addressing Waiting Times for VA Healthcare Means Choice

Addressing Waiting Times for VA Healthcare Means Choice

Addressing Waiting Times for VA Healthcare Means Choice

By the end of January, if you are a veteran who is enrolled in the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system, you will receive a card for the Veterans Choice Program. The Veterans Choice Program is a direct response to problems that veterans around the country have experienced in accessing healthcare though VA. Following disturbing news […]